Prendre (To Take) Meaning, Usage, Example Sentences

prendrePrendre means to take and is one of the most useful and basic verbs that all beginner students should learn. On this page you’ll learn its most common usages with several example sentences.

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to take hold, grasp, seize or pick up

  • J’ai pris le livre et je l’ai mis dans mon sac. I took the book and put in in my bag.
  • J’ai pris les clés et je les mises dans ma poche. I took the keys and put them in my pocket.

to take with you

  • N’oublie pas de prendre ton pull. Il fait froid. Don’t forget to take your sweater. It’s cold out.

to get

  • J’ai pris du lait au supermarché. I got some milk at the supermarket.

consuming food, drinks and medication

  • Je prends un café des que je me lève. I have a coffee once I get up.
  • Je prends un médicament pour mes allergies. I take medication for my allergies.

taking methods of transportation

  • J’ai pris l’avion pour aller en France. I took the plane to go to France.
  • On prend un taxi ou le métro? Shall we take a taxi or the metro?

to take a particular road

  • Elle prend l’autoroute pour se rendre au travail. She takes the highway to get to work.

how long something takes

  • Cele me prend une heure pour aller à Marseille. It takes me one hour to get to Marseille.

to mistaken somebody for somebody else

  • Pardon, je t’ai pris pour quelqu’un d’autre. Sorry, I mistook you for somebody else.
  • Tu me prends pour un con [slang, vulgar]? Are you taking me for a fool?

Prendre des kilo means to gain weight

  • J’ai pris cinq kils pendant Noël. I gained five pounds during Christmas.

Prendre dans les bras = to hug

  • Il a pris son fils dans ses bras. He hugged his son.

se prendre pour = to believe yourself to be

  • Pour qui tu te prends, pour une vedette? Who do you think you are, a star?
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